• Medical Error Blamed for Death of 8-year-old Boy

    Added On : 18th November 2012

    al-deenJEDDAH: A health official accused a leading private hospital in Jeddah for colluding with a doctor involved in a fatal medical error.

    "The Directorate of Health issued a memo to the private hospital administration requesting them not to allow the expatriate doctor, involved in the child's death, to flee the country. The memo also made it clear that any other hospital staff involved in the medical error should also be present in the country for interrogations. Any one who conceals facts from the directorate will be punished," Assistant Director of Health Affairs in Jeddah, Dr. Turki Al-Sharif said.

    Salah Al-Deen, son of a leading businessman, Sheikh Yusuf Jameel, died due to a medical error at Dr. Erfan & Bagdeo Hospital in Jeddah on Thursday. The eight-year old boy was taken to the hospital for a checkup, after he developed symptoms of swollen lymphatic glands, following a two-week-long bout of fever.

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  • MOH Shuts Down Hospital in Jeddah...

    Added On : 19th November 2012

    al-rabeeahMOH Shuts Down Hospital in Jeddah for Fatal Error

    Upon the instructions of Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the Ministry of Health (MOH) closed down a private hospital in the north of Jeddah following a fatal medical error on a eight-year-old boy during a surgery on Thursday.

    Salah Al-Deen, son of a leading businessman, Sheikh Yusuf Jameel, died due to a medical error at Dr. Erfan & Bagdeo Hospital in Jeddah on Thursday. The eight-year old boy was taken to the hospital for a checkup after he developed symptoms of swollen lymphatic glands, following a two-week-long bout of fever.

    The child's mother gave her consent to doctors to perform the necessary surgery after she was reassured that it was a simple operation that would only last for 30 minutes.

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  • Gender Makes a Difference for COPD

    Added On : 20th November 2012

    Study Shows Women Have More Shortness of Breath and Depression

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  • Nose Cell Transplant Enables Paralysed Dogs...

    Added On : 20th November 2012

    dog paralysisNose Cell Transplant Enables Paralysed Dogs to Walk

    Scientists have reversed paralysis in dogs after injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their nose.

    The pets had all suffered spinal injuries which prevented them from using their back legs.

    The Cambridge University team is cautiously optimistic the technique could eventually have a role in the treatment of human patients.

    The study is the first to test the transplant in "real-life" injuries rather than laboratory animals.

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  • 3,000 Erfan Hospital Staff Unsure of Future

    Added On : 20th November 2012

    erfan noticeThere's a notable quietness inside the corridors of Dr. Erfan and Bagedo General Hospital following the Ministry of Health's decision to suspend service. The decision to shut down the hospital came after the eight-year old son of a prominent businessman died due to a medical error during surgery.

    The fatal mistake was one of a series of errors reported at the hospital. The Ministry of Health said the hospital would remain closed "until it regulates its medical and technical functions in accordance with medical standards."

    More than 3,000 employees, the majority of whom are Saudi, now wait while the Shariya Medical Commission decides on their future.

    An Arab News reporter was welcomed at the gates of the hospital by a staff member. He wore a smile yet his manner was one of shock and optimism. He expressed his feelings about the decision using a Qur'anic verse: "You may dislike a thing while it is good for you and you may love a thing while it is evil for you."

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  • MOH Shuts Down 9 Private Health Facilities...

    Added On : 21st November 2012

    moh2MOH Shuts Down 9 Private Health Facilities in Riyadh

    The Ministry of Heath shut down nine private health facilities in Riyadh yesterday. The five medical complexes, two polyclinics and two optical clinics were found to be in violation of ministry regulations.

    Operations at the facilities will be suspended until they meet ministry standards.

    Health Minister, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, ordered the move as part of a crackdown on health facilities that fail to meet ministry standards.

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  • Cases of Thyroid Cancer on the Rise

    Added On : 22nd November 2012

    The Kingdom faces a remarkable increase in the incidence of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), observed a lecturer at an international symposium that opened in Riyadh Monday.

    More than 1,000 delegates from the Kingdom and GCC countries attended the opening of the three-day International Saudi Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Conference.

    Dr. Ali Al-Zahrani, consultant endocrinologist and head of the Molecular Endocrinology Department at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSH) in Riyadh, pointed out that DTC is the fourth most common cancer and the second most common in women, preceded only by breast cancer. He said that the majority of the cases are referred to KFSH and Research Center in Riyadh.

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  • iPads May Help Those With 'Low Vision'...

    Added On : 23rd November 2012

    iPads May Help Those With 'Low Vision' Read Better

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  • Decision to Shut Down Hospital Hasty and Unjust...

    Added On : 23rd November 2012

    dr. erfanDecision to Shut Down Hospital Hasty and Unjust, Says Dr. Erfan

    JEDDAH – The director of Dr. Erfan & Bagedo General Hospital said the Ministry of Health's decision to shut down the hospital is hasty, arbitrary and unjust.

    Dr. Muhammad Erfan said: "Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah refused to have a meeting with me in order to clarify the true picture and that could have contributed to the shutdown."

    He said the hospital was serving about 50,000 patients a month.

    Speaking to Al-Watan newspaper, Dr. Erfan said at least seven hospitals in Jeddah refused to receive 280 inpatients in the hospital due to a lack of space.

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  • Being Active Won't Worsen Fibromyalgia

    Added On : 24th November 2012

    Exercise Doesn't Increase Pain of Fibromyalgia

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